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AnnElk Dec 27, 2011 11:57 AM

The best Christmas gift we got was a giftcard from Smartbox, where we have the choice of a meal at any of the following Montreal restaurants. Which would you choose?

Le Grain de Sel
Tablee Vin
Santos
L'Assommoir Notre-Dame or Bernard
Le Tour de Ville
Time Supper Club
Decca 77
La Coupoe
Newtown
Piment Rouge
Alexandre et Fils
Maestro SVP
Ginger
El Pintxo
Les Infideles
Meatmarket
Plein Sud
Cuisiine et Dependance
Bu
Lemeac
Enfants Terribles
Pomodoro
Mahjongg
La Verita

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    C70 Dec 27, 2011 12:43 PM

    Cuisine et Dependance or Lemeac.

    1. porker Dec 27, 2011 01:26 PM

      Thats an interesting gift!
      Just as important, I'd think, is suggestions on where not to go. Just my 2c...

      Le Tour de Ville: great views, maybe nice as a first date, but I find the food a let down.
      Piment Rouge: two camps - some say a world class destination, others say a hoity toity tourist restaurant (with debate on CH as well) I'm in camp#2.
      Maestro SVP: I wanna like this place...good oysters, nice place for a drink. A meal? Not so much.
      Meatmarket: I had high hopes, this place underwhelmed me.

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        EaterBob Dec 27, 2011 04:07 PM

        I'd strongly suggest going to town at Decca 77, unless everything, including wine, was on the Smartbox certificate in which case I'd eschew food as the primary reason to go someplace and take advantage of Bu's wine cellar.

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          OliverB Dec 28, 2011 09:22 AM

          Unquestionably Pintxo (not sure what 'el' Pintxo is though, so best to verify) but certainly the most interesting culinary choice of all the others listed.

          Decca77 would be my next pick, depending on your preferance. Lemeac is typical but reliable French bistro fare, and Piment Rouge is upscale Cantonese with a newly revamped seasonal menu that at least sounds interesting. Maestro is decent for oysters, but I'd stick to lunch. Meatmarket is boring and nothing else listed is really worth your time.

          Stick to Pintxo, Decca or Lemeac, and in that order... check their menus first because it all comes down to your preference.

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            AnnElk Dec 28, 2011 12:34 PM

            It is THE Pintxo on Roy that's on offer, yes.

            Thanks, Oliver, C70, Porker and EasterBob! You've made some intriguing choices.

            So far here's the score:

            Decca77: 2
            Lemeac: 2
            Pintxo: 1
            Cuisine et Dependance: 1

            Anyone else care to weigh in?

            Keep 'em coming.

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              Fritzy Dec 29, 2011 12:04 AM

              All good choices, however, Pintxo would be the most fun! But go with ALL pintxos not their "main" plus chef-selected pintxos; choose your own pintxos! Enjoy!

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                Plateaumaman Dec 30, 2011 08:00 AM

                I'd got to Pintxo or Bu.

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              Whygee Dec 28, 2011 01:34 PM

              You can't go wrong with Leméac.

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                OliverB Dec 28, 2011 03:02 PM

                Actually, I had a terrible meal there last month, and I've been going for years. I don't know who was in the kitchen that night, but they shouldn't have been!

                It's a generally consistent if typical bistro and there really isn't anything particularly creative or interesting about the menu, which never changes, seasonally or otherwise. I don't think it's at all comparable to Pintxo, imo.

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                mangoannie Dec 29, 2011 03:40 PM

                if you choose Pintxo I would certainly order from main menu and then add in the pintxos; I had the lamb shank which was very tasty. I like Pintxo but prefer Lemeac. I have heard good things about Cuisine et Dependance but not yet tried it. It would be hard to choose from such a list!

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                  jay_81k Dec 29, 2011 03:46 PM

                  Most of these places are places I stay away from but out of all that Ive tried Id say Pintxo, Lemeac(although I find it very average but theres a couple good dishes) or Piment Rouge only cause its such a rip off it would be nice to get the most out of your gift card. Ive tried Ginger years ago and found it average, La verita very average, Assomoir the same and Meat Market would just be a waste.

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                    Maximilien Dec 29, 2011 03:54 PM

                    I think Meat Market folded (the signs in the windows are scratched off).

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                      porker Dec 29, 2011 05:13 PM

                      Who woulda thought?

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                    picklebird Dec 30, 2011 10:34 AM

                    I vote for Pintxo!

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